The Woodward-Granger baseball team hosted the newly re-formatted Hawk Invitational June 1. Unfortunately for W-G, the new slate did not translate into victories, as W-G fell to Interstate-35, 16-1, in the first game of the event and to Saydel, 5-3, in the nightcap.
The Roadrunners jumped on Hawk eighth-grader Brady Aunspach for five runs on six hits and on senior Teig Loge for seven runs on three hits as the home team on the scoreboard raced to a 12-1 advantage after just two innings. Andrew McCune tossed one inning of relief for W-G but fared little better, yielding four runs on five hits. All but one I-35 run was earned.
W-G scored its only run in first inning when Dylan Garland walked and scored on a McCune double, the only hit of the game for the host school.
The Hawks scored three times in the bottom of the first against Saydel to post a quick 3-0 edge in the nightcap. The Eagles responded with two runs in the second inning and another in the third to tie the game, with two tallies in the top of the seventh creating the winning margin as the hosts could not answer in their final at-bat.
McCune and Jake Smiley had the only two hits for W-G, with McCune and Tyler Wiedner collecting one RBI apiece while Smily , McCune and Alex Bodermann scored the three Hawk runs.
Chris McConahay suffered the loss, yielding five runs (none earned) on four hits and two walks. He struck out five in throwing all seven frames.
Alex Gustafson allowed three runs (two earned) on just two hits while fanning eight in picking up the win.
PANORA — The Hawks claimed a lopsided victory by scoring 13 runs on just five hits and three walks, as untimely errors undid the Panthers in a 13-5 W-G victory on May 31.
McCune launched two home runs and finished with five RBIs and three runs scored, with Garland, Mike Connor and Race Brant adding base hits for W-G. Brant scored twice and had two RBIs, with Connor driving in two runs while Smiley, Bodermann and Mason Burkhart also tallied RBIs.
Wiedner went all seven innings to take the win on the hill. He scattered five runs — two unearned — on six hits and three walks while recording eight strikeouts.
Chase Hennen had a double and a triple and Denis James a double for the Panthers.
Mitchell McNeill surrendered eight runs on three hits, seven walks and four strikeouts in 1.2 innings, with Aaron Klinge allowing five runs on two hits and two walks in 5.1 innings. McNeill finished with four strikeouts and Klinge with seven.